The shift to 6G communications: vision and requirements

Muhammad Waseem Akhtar, Syed Ali Hassan, Rizwan Ghaffar, Haejoon Jung, Sahil Garg, M. Shamim Hossain
2020 Human-Centric Computing and Information Sciences  
AbstractThe sixth-generation (6G) wireless communication network is expected to integrate the terrestrial, aerial, and maritime communications into a robust network which would be more reliable, fast, and can support a massive number of devices with ultra-low latency requirements. The researchers around the globe are proposing cutting edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML), quantum communication/quantum machine learning (QML), blockchain, tera-Hertz and
more » ... imeter waves communication, tactile Internet, non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA), small cells communication, fog/edge computing, etc., as the key technologies in the realization of beyond 5G (B5G) and 6G communications. In this article, we provide a detailed overview of the 6G network dimensions with air interface and associated potential technologies. More specifically, we highlight the use cases and applications of the proposed 6G networks in various dimensions. Furthermore, we also discuss the key performance indicators (KPI) for the B5G/6G network, challenges, and future research opportunities in this domain.
doi:10.1186/s13673-020-00258-2 fatcat:ibwxzee35fc7xmx4bwzj46xfzy